AI chatbot

Screenshots of the Woebot app adapted for substance use

Image courtesy of Woebot Health

By  Dave Muoio 01:50 pm March 24, 2021
A recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) shows initial support for a new version of Woebot – a text-based chatbot app designed to address mental health issues – that is designed to reduce substance use and other measures tied to substance use disorder (SUD). Conducted by researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine and Woebot Health, the investigation...
A Bot MD app screen on a smartphone
By  Laura Lovett 11:38 am February 3, 2021
Singaporean startup Bot MD landed $5 million for its artificial intelligence-enabled clinical assistant. Monk’s Hill Ventures led the round with participation from SeaX, XA Network, SGInnovate and individual investors. This builds on the company’s $700,000 investment from Y Combinator and angel investors in 2018. WHAT IT DOES The technology was designed to work as a chatbot to help answer doctor’...
Examples of K Health app screens
By  Dave Muoio 01:17 pm January 19, 2021
K Health, a startup combining a free symptom checker with text-based telehealth and virtual primary care, has announced $132 million Series E – its third major raise within the course of a year. GGV Capital, Valor Equity Partners and Kaiser Permanente pension fund headlined the raise, with GGV Managing Partner Hans Tung and Valor founder and CEO Antonio Gracias joining K Health's board. Other...
By  Dave Muoio 09:00 am July 15, 2020
GYANT, maker of an artificial intelligence-based virtual-healthcare assistant, has hauled in a $13.6 million Series A financing round. Wing Venture Capital headlined the raise, which also included support from Intermountain Ventures, Grazia Equity, Alpana Ventures, Techstars Ventures and Plug and Play Ventures. WHAT IT DOES A veteran of the Cedars-Sinai Tech Stars accelerator, GYANT's care-...
By  Laura Lovett 02:07 pm February 25, 2020
British AI chatbot and virtual care company Babylon is used to getting shade from the public and the medical community alike. But recently it went a step further to strike back at one of its most prominent critics.  For years, a Twitter user under the handle of @DrMurphy11 has posted his encounters with Babylon's tool based on hypothetical situations. On the whole his tweets have been critical of...
By  Laura Lovett 12:02 pm January 20, 2020
Update: HIMSS20 has been canceled due to the coronavirus. Read more here. When it comes to accessing healthcare, patients are faced with a lot of decisions: Do I take the dreaded trip to the emergency room or wait to see a PCP? How long can I wait to be seen? Increasingly, medical centers are looking to ease this stress with chatbots. However, this tech comes with its own set of obstacles and...
By  Laura Lovett 11:49 am January 2, 2020
While the default in amateur diagnostics has become a quick Google search, increasingly innovators are looking to curb potential health misinformation pitfalls. New research published last week by JAMA found that Buoy Health's free chatbot helped decrease the rate of uncertainty among patients.  The study also found that patients using the platform were more likely to decrease their intended...
By  Paddy Padmanabhan 09:29 am August 2, 2019
Paddy Padmanabhan is founder and CEO of Damo Consulting, a growth strategy and digital transformation advisory firm that works with healthcare enterprises and global technology companies, and author of The Big Unlock: Harnessing Data and Growing Digital Health Businesses in a Value-Based Era. My first instinct on being hit with the flu (after consulting Dr. Google, of course) was: I'm fine, I don...
By  Dave Muoio 04:01 pm April 26, 2019
Healthcare has long had an access issue. While some patients might have the knowledge, experience and opportunity to pursue optimal care when they’re ill, countless others are unaware of the whens, whys and hows of seeking and receiving relief for their condition.  “Access is really key. That can be access to an appointment to a provider [and] it’s also access to quality information,” Dr. Erin...
By  Jonah Comstock 03:50 pm November 15, 2018
Belgian biopharma company UCB has tapped customer engagement company Verint Systems to create an app for patients with Parkinson's disease. The app is called PD Coach and includes an AI assistant named April which can communicate with users either by text or speech. At launch, the app will support journaling and symptoms tracking. April is programmed with a wealth of Parkinson's-specific...